Author Archives: Mark Doliner

Technology news briefs

There were three events last week that I thought didn’t get enough news coverage: 1. Good news: Proposed restrictions on warrantless electronic device border searches Bills were proposed in the Senate and House to require a probable cause warrant before … Continue reading

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Two years with a Retrospec Mantra

I commuted a few miles a day for two years on a black Retrospec Mantra single-speed bike. I bought it from Amazon for $256 in October 2014. (more photos) It’s nothing special. Fairly low quality, but appropriately priced. The steel … Continue reading

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USS Hornet

On Saturday, Emily, Ruby and I visited the USS Hornet, a decommissioned Essex Class Navy aircraft carrier moored in Alameda, California. You get free reign to wander the flight deck, hanger deck, and a deck or two below. The passageways … Continue reading

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Trump vs. Clinton

I voted for Clinton/Kaine. Clinton is the only qualified presidential candidate on the ballot. There are things I don’t like about Clinton, but… Donald Trump is a worthless piece of shit. A lying [1][2][3], impulsive, megalomaniac, garbage excuse for a … Continue reading

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Safari invalid certificate handling sucks

Last week I filed three bugs with Apple regarding how Safari handles invalid certificates. Bug #1 (Mac OS and iOS): It’s way too easy for a user to bypass a certificate warning. There’s a bunch of text no one will … Continue reading

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Nighttime music

When Ruby was a little younger, before we started sleep training, the three of us would sometimes sit in her room at the end of the day and listen to music. I tried to pick music that was soft and … Continue reading

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Tips for Caltrain riders, or: “We’re all in this together”

I’ve been commuting on Caltrain five days a week for eighteen months, usually taking my bike on board. To San Francisco from either Sunnyvale or San Mateo. These are suggestions for how to be courteous to other riders. They’re more … Continue reading

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Commuter bikes

Popular attributes Around eighteen months ago I replaced my commuter bike and have been bringing it onboard Caltrain and to my office in San Francisco. Since then I’ve kept my eyes out for decent commuter bikes. Popular commuter bike attributes: … Continue reading

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